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Bachelor of Fine Arts
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About this Program

Overview

The 4-year Actor Training Program provides extensive training in acting, movement, voice, and additional aspects of the craft and integrates them into learning and interpreting a wide range of dramatic repertoire.

The Drama Division typically accepts 18 students per year comprised of 8-10 undergraduates and 8-10 graduates who will work through the four-year acting curriculum together as a group.

For more detailed information about the program, please visit the Drama Division webpage. You will find answers to frequently asked questions here.

All initial auditions for actors applying to enter the program in fall 2021 will take place remotely via Zoom. Approximately 50 individuals will be selected to come to New York in March for a live final callback round.

Eligibility

In order to be admitted as a Bachelor of Fine Arts student, you must have:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent by the time you enroll
  • English language fluency

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you can apply again. After four unsuccessful attempts across both degrees, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements

In most cases, the Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in college-level coursework. 

There are specific requirements for:

Criteria for Acceptance

In auditioning and interviewing potential students, the Drama faculty looks for the following qualities:

  • A readiness to engage in challenging, rigorous work
  • A body, voice, and the imaginative and emotional capacities that promise significant potential for growth—this is more important than your present state of technical accomplishment
  • An ability to connect with a character
  • Curiosity, stamina, openness of mind, appetite for learning, and a willingness to take risks
  • A generosity of spirit essential to working within an ensemble 
  • A sense of humor, sense of language, sense of rhythm, and a capacity for sustained concentration
  • A  serious commitment to preparing for the demands of a career as an actor

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Application Requirement Received-by Deadline
Online Application with Essay(s) November 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver November 1
SAT/ACT Scores (homeschooled applicants only) November 1
Proof of English Language Proficiency December 1
Recommender Information November 1
Recommendation Received November 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations November 15
Official Transcripts January 15

The following are required only if you are invited to the live callback audition:

Live Audition Requirement Received-by Deadline
Scholarship & Financial Aid Application  March 1


An audition scheduling email, which contains a link to an online registration system, will be sent to applicants upon submission of a complete application, including application fee or fee waiver documentation. You will schedule your own audition via the online system. 

Auditions have limited space, and some dates will fill to capacity. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you check your schedule carefully and register for your choice of audition date as soon as possible.

All details will be available when registering for the audition.

Audition  Audition Date Time Capacity
Via Zoom Fri, Dec 4 8:15 AM Available
  Sat, Dec 5 8:15 AM Available
  Sun, Dec 6 8:15 AM  Available
  Fri, Dec 11 8:15 AM Available
  Sat, Dec 12 8:15 AM Available
  Sun, Dec 13 8:15 AM Available
  Fri, Dec 18 8:15 AM Available
  Sat, Dec 19 8:15 AM Available
  Sun, Dec 20 8:15 AM Available
Final Callback Weekend  March 13 - 15   By invitation only

Audition Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1. Should you be admitted and enroll, your final official transcripts, indicating your graduation date, must be received by July 1.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

First-time College Students

Fee waiver requests are available for first-time college students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
  • A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation 

Transfer Students

Fee waiver requests are available for transfer students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • If you are independent, copies of prior year tax forms
  • A letter on school stationery from your current college's Financial Aid Office stating that you have financial need of a fee waiver
  • A personal letter describing your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Essay(s)

Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.

Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application

Topic
Please write about why you have chosen to become an actor and your personal artistic goals. We encourage you to write frankly and openly about your life, your connection to your art, and how you see your art connecting to the world. Share your passion about people, politics, other art forms or anything that speaks to you.

Additional Essay Requirements
Additional essays are required in each of the following circumstances:

Optional Essay
Should you have a personal or academic circumstance to share that you feel can provide context for a particular point on your resume – for example, a gap year, unusually low grades in a semester or year, etc. – you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in coursework at the level for which you are applying. Official transcripts must be received by the appropriate deadline.  

Definition of an Official Transcript

  • An electronic record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent directly to [email protected] by a secure service (such as Naviance, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system). Scanned, emailed, or uploaded copies are NOT considered official. 

    OR
     
  • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below)

Please note that we do not accept transcripts sent via email.

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying in the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline 
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current high school coursework 
  • Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not considered official transcripts
  • We understand that the current academic year has not ended, and that, if you are currently enrolled, you have not yet completed your program. Please submit your transcript as is by the deadline; a final transcript will be required later, if you are admitted and choose to enroll.

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline 
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework equivalent or similar to a US high school curriculum 
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran, WES, or ECE can provide this service for a fee
  • We understand that the current academic year has not ended, and that, if you are currently enrolled, you have not yet completed your program. Please submit your transcript as is by the deadline; a final transcript will be required later, if you are admitted and choose to enroll.

You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.

Hard copies of official transcripts may be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Additional Requirements

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify two individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. The recommendations themselves are not due until later in the application timeline. Your recommenders will receive an email with a link to securely upload their letters to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

At least one of your recommendations should come from a teacher or theatre professional who has worked with you in a collaborative setting or seen your work on the stage and can address your work as an actor. If you are a first-time college applicant or home-schooled, the requirements for the second recommendation are as follows: 

First-time College Applicants 
One of your recommendations should come from a high school academic teacher, preferably in English, History, or other Language Arts course work. This will allow us to gain insight into your abilities in English and should acknowledge your speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension abilities.

Transfer Applicants 
One of your recommendations should come from an academic teacher which can be a current or past college professor, preferably in English, History, or other Language Arts course work. This will allow us to gain insight into your abilities in English and should acknowledge your speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension abilities.

Home-schooled Applicants 
One of your recommendations should come from someone other than a parent who can address your speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension abilities. In addition, this recommendation should address your social maturity and ability to integrate well with other students and colleagues.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account.

Your Resume

An artistic resume must be uploaded as part of the online application. The resume should be 1-2 pages and must include: 

  • Your name (and any alternate name used)
  • Education (all diplomas/certificates/degrees earned or in progress)
  • Any experience related to your intended major

There is no specific layout required for the resume; however it must be uploaded in either a .pdf or .doc file format. Please do not submit program bios. The resume is used as a reference for faculty and the Admissions Committee.

Your Photograph

A photograph or headshot is required. The photograph does not need to be taken by a professional, nor is there any specific format for photographs.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

To be considered for financial aid and scholarship, you are required to submit the following items by the appropriate deadline:

US Applicants 
FAFSA
CSS Profile
Student Tax Forms 
Parent Tax Forms
International Applicants 
CSS Profile
Parent Income Documentation 

More information about our awarding policies can be found on the Financial Aid section of the website

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Definition
You are required to show proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English - regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.

Exemptions
You are exempt from this requirement if:

  • You have attended school(s) on a full-time basis where instruction was entirely in English for 7 out of the past 10 years. Qualifying schools include primary, secondary, and undergraduate institutions

Proving English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You must submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed here, you should carefully consider whether or not to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum.

NOTE: As of July 1, 2020, The Juilliard School accepts the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP Plus for China SolutionIELTS Indicator, as well as the standard TOEFL and IELTS tests. Minimum score requirements remain the same.

Test Type TOEFL  IELTS  PTE  SAT ACT  ITP Plus
Minimum Score  73 6* 49 610** 24 543

*Academic test
**Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Juilliard's CEEB code: 002340
Juilliard's ACT code: 2778

The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received by the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

Interview Requirement

  • You may be required to participate in an interview on your audition day in order to demonstrate your fluency with the English language
  • You will be notified by the Office of Admissions if an interview is required

Transfer Applicants

Definition
You are considered a transfer applicant if:

  • You have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • You have attended at least one semester of full-time college study

Transcript Requirement

  • You are required to submit a transcript showing prior and current coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • You are required to submit your high school transcript if you have completed fewer than two full-time semesters of post-secondary study

Essay Requirement
You must submit an essay explaining your decision to transfer from your current institution, in addition to the other required essays.

Program Length and Transfer Credits

  • You are required to study at Juilliard for all four years of the program
  • You are required to take a minimum of 12 liberal arts credits at Juilliard
  • Additional credits from liberal arts courses taken at other accredited post-secondary institutions may be transferred at the discretion of the Registrar; courses with a grade lower than C or its equivalent are not eligible for transfer
  • AP credits are not accepted

Homeschool Applicants

Questions within the Online Application
As a homeschooled student, you will have to respond to the following questions within the online application:

  • What factors led to your decision to home school?
  • What relationship (formal or informal) exists between your home school and your state (or provincial) department of education?
  • Will the state recognize you as a high school graduate?

Transcript Requirements
Regardless of format, your homeschool documentation must be received by the transcript deadline and must include:

  • All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken
  • Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales
  • Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education
  • If you attended a high school for any period of time, you must submit official high school transcripts of any/all high school work
  • If you enrolled in any college courses, you must submit official college transcripts
  • Optional: a full outline of curriculum by subject
  • Optional: reading lists

Standardized Tests
You are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores by the appropriate deadline. These scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. 

Juilliard's CEEB code: 002340

Juilliard's ACT code: 2778

Applicants with High School Equivalency

Acceptable Equivalencies
In lieu of a high school diploma, you have the option to submit the following high school equivalencies:

  • GED (General Educational Development)
  • TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
  • International High School Equivalencies (contact Juilliard Admissions)

If you do not have proof of high school equivalency by the appropriate deadline, you must submit one or more of the documents listed below to demonstrate your academic preparedness. 

Demonstration of Academic Preparedness
While submission of high school equivalency documentation satisfies Juilliard's minimum entry requirement, the following documents can be helpful in proving your ability to undertake coursework at the post-secondary level:

  • Standardized test scores
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • High school transcripts
  • College transcripts
  • Homeschooling documentation

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

Definition
You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.

Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)

Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.

Transcripts
As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.

Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  • You are applying to a new major
  • The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ITP Plus).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

Auditioning for Juilliard

Live Audition Materials

  1. Four memorized monologues (two classical and two contemporary), each approximately two minutes in length. In the initial audition, we will ask you to present two pieces – one classical and one contemporary. If we need to see additional material, we will ask you for another piece. Please be prepared to answer questions about the entire play from which your selection is chosen.

    • At least one of the classical selections must be from a play by Shakespeare.

    • At least one of the classical selections must be must be in verse.

    • In addition to Shakespeare, classical selections may be drawn from the Greeks and any other pre-20th century writers whose text is poetic or heightened.

    • Contemporary selections should be from writers working in the 20th and 21st centuries, roughly from Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen to the present day.

  2. You should prepare a part of a song (16 bars – twice the length of “Happy Birthday”), to sing a cappella (without accompaniment). If you are asked to sing, it is an opportunity for our faculty to find out information about your vocal range and instrument. A trained singing voice is not required for admission.

  3. Answers to frequently asked questions about monologues may be found on the Monologue FAQs page.

Live Audition Scheduling

All initial auditions for actors applying to enter the program in fall 2021 will take place remotely via Zoom.

Orientation and Warmup

  • At the appointed time, you will connect to the online platform Zoom for a warmup and orientation.
  • You will be given a window of time during which your individual audition will take place.
  • You may use the time between the orientation/warmup and your audition for private preparation (simply by muting your audio and turning off your video).
  • We ask that you remain in the Zoom meeting until your audition time.

Recommendations for Your Zoom Audition

  • Carefully consider the space in which you are auditioning; ideally, there should be enough room for you to move around.
  • Make sure your WiFi connection is as stable as it can be.
  • It may be helpful to find a location for your audition which is near your router and to ask other family members to limit their streaming, etc. during your audition time.
  • Ensure you have adequate lighting, especially from the front and side. Avoid placing yourself in front of a strong light source (for example, a window or an overhead lamp).  
  • Establish at least two positions for your recording device: one in which your entire body is visible and one in which we can see your face more clearly.
  • Make sure to test your sound quality, and try to eliminate ambient noise.  
  • Zoom (zoom.us) offers free accounts so you can set up a meeting for yourself in advance to check your sound settings and lighting.

Audition

  • You will audition alone before a faculty panel comprised of Drama Division faculty.
  • You will be asked to present two monologues – one classical and one contemporary.
  • Please be mindful of the length of your monologues; we request that each monologue be limited to two minutes in length.

First Round Callbacks

  • All callbacks will take place on the same day as your scheduled audition.
  • First round callback information will be communicated periodically throughout the initial audition session.
  • If you are selected to participate in first round callbacks, you should plan on being available for the remainder of the initial audition session.
  • During the callbacks, you may be asked to do any or all of the following: repeat your audition monologues, present additional monologues, and sing a cappella.
  • If you do not receive a callback, you are no longer under consideration for admission.

Second Round Callbacks

  • Second round callbacks will take place on the same day as your scheduled audition.
  • Second round callback information will be communicated at the conclusion of first round callbacks.
  • If you are selected to participate in second round callbacks, you should be prepared to remain for further work.
  • During the callbacks, you may be asked to do any or all of the following: repeat your audition monologues, present additional monologues, sing a cappella, do cold readings, and participate in group exercises and improvisations.
  • Some individuals will be asked to stay after the callbacks for an interview with faculty.
  • If you do not receive a second round callback, you are no longer under consideration for admission.

Final Round Callback Weekend

  • Approximately 50 individuals will be selected from second round callbacks to come to New York for three days for a final callback round.
  • If invited to the final callback weekend, you will work intensively with faculty and have the opportunity to speak to current students and discover more about Juilliard.
  • Limited travel stipends for the final callback weekend will be available to applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need.
  • The incoming class of 18 students will be selected from this final callback session.

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions

There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:

Admit

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of whom to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major.
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter.

Waitlist

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your potential and artistry as demonstrated in the audition.
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard.
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissible to the school, we have a limited number of openings.
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary.  

Deny
During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page, as noted on the timeline. 

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Juilliard admits without considering your ability to pay. All monies awarded require completion of the scholarship and financial aid forms. To learn more about the awarding process, visit our Office of Financial Aid.

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.